Altenew Build-a-Garden: Magnificent Branch Blog Hop!

This is the very first set in Altenew’s new “Build-a-Garden” category…. and it is gorgeous! It includes a stamp and a coloring stencil. The stamp is very large, which gives it so much flexibility! I stamped the image as one complete image on a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of cardstock, and then trimmed the large piece to make two separate cards using different techniques. I hope you like them!

There is also a GIVEAWAY from Altenew with this hop! [See below for details!]


Love genuinely, and bloom with grace. Create two card fronts at once with this first-of-its-kind floral stamp set! The imaginative set features a magnificent tree branch bearing flowers that you wouldn’t normally see together in nature. Cut the design just right for a card featuring the cupped rose and another card featuring the flat rose. Stamp the heartwarming sentiments and quotes to inspire your loved ones. We hope you love this stamp set as much as we do!

Enjoy our Build-A-Garden project set, an exciting monthly package that is sure to get the creative juices flowing! Each month includes a stamp set along with a coordinating stencil set and/or die set PLUS a customer-favorite Mini Blending Brush! Build your collection of brushes from month to month so you will never be left looking for the perfect tool while crafting.

This set contains the following products:

  • one 6″ x 8″ stamp set containing 10 stamps made in the USA from high-quality photopolymer
    • one layering stencil set containing 4 stencils that coordinate with the stamp set
    • one Mini Blending Brush for ink blending

Note: These products are NOT sold separately.


My first card is made with the left side of the stamp, a beautiful single bloom:

  • The background panel is cut from colored cardstock and then run through with the Brick Wall 3D Embossing Folder.
  • I stamped the image with Morning Frost Crisp Dye Ink.
  • Next I colored it using the Warm Gray, Tranquility, Delectable Delights, & Coffee Break color families of Artist Alcohol Markers.
  • I stamped the sentiment from the set with Warm Gray ink.
  • Then I attached the front panel to the background panel with foam tape for dimension.
  • Finally I added a few colored pearls as embellishments.

For my second card, I used the right half of the stamp, which is another, larger beautiful bloom:

  • The background panel is colored cardstock.
  • I stamped the image with Morning Frost Crisp Dye Ink.
  • I colored this image with the Tranquility & Nature’s Wonders Color Families of Crisp Dye Inks, using Detailed Blending Brushes and the Coloring Stencil that goes with this set.
  • I stamped a sentiment from the set.
  • I added additional interest & texture by running the whole image through with the Beautiful Baroque 3D Embossing Folder.
  • The embellishments are plain pearls that I colored with the Nimbus Artist Alcohol Marker.

Giveaway Prizes:

$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 05/07/2022 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 05/09/2022.

Thanks for joining me today! I would love to have you become a member of my Facebook Cardmaking Community! It’s a great place to find friends, encourage others, and be supported in your cardmaking journey! ?

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If you didn’t start at the beginning of the Hop, go back to the Altenew Card Blog. The blogger before me is Virginia Lu. After my blog, you should visit Michelle Short. See you next time!


  1. Sandi Atkinson

    Beautiful cards, Sande! Love the coloring of the first card and the interesting way to use with an embossing folder on the second.

  2. Laura Austin

    What a great way to get a two-fer! Love your beautiful cards, especially the tree branch portion.

  3. Talitha Wright

    Great cards! I love the embossed one. That texture just “makes” the card! What a great idea.

  4. Bridget N

    Thank you so much for sharing your cards. You’ve opened my eyes to using dry embossing more creatively. 🙂

  5. Jan Baker

    Very pretty. I really like the card you used an embossing folder on. Thank you for sharing that. I would never thought of doing that!

  6. Deb

    This has been one of my favorite blog hops! Your work is beautiful! I’m now following you on YouTube.

  7. Roberta L Sharpe

    Beautiful cards Sande. I just love how you use the colors and turn them into an inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

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